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First continuing professional development event

Public Lecture : Riverside Expressway Major Rehabilitation – Challenges and opportunities

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter conducted its maiden  Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on 25th June 2017 at the Brisbane City Council (BCC) library meeting room, Mount Ommaney. Two Seniors Managers from Queensland Transport and Main Roads Department, Mallika Dayananda and Gamini Siriwardana were the co-presenters and they shared their knowledge and experience with Queensland based Sri Lankan Engineers delivering an insightful narrative on their first hand engagement with the recently completed Brisbane Riverside Expressway Major Rehabilitation Project highlighting Challenges and Opportunities encountered. The event was attended by 30 Engineers and was an immense success eliciting a lively discussion among the participants. The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the event, 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for media coverage and BCC for their continued support.

 

Co-Presenters

Mallika Dyananda

Mallika Dyananda is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka and Engineers Australia who works for the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in Queensland. She has previously worked in Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Melbourne before joining the TMR as a Project Manager. She delivered TMR’s Mains Road/Kessels Road Intersection Upgrade with more than $100 million savings before she took over the delivery of TMR’s Riverside Expressway Rehabilitation project.

 

Gamini Siriwardena

Gamini Siriwardena is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka and Fellow of Engineers Australia who has worked in numerous Roads, Bridges, Dams, and Tunnel construction projects in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand and Australia. He is currently working as a Construction Manager for RoadTek: construction arm of the TMR and holds the Project Director’s role for major civil construction projects.

 

Second continuing professional development event

Public Lecture : Medical Diagnosis through Smart Phone Applications

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter conducted its second Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on 24th September 2017 at the Brisbane City Council (BCC) library meeting room, Mount Ommaney.

Dr. Udantha Abeyratne – Abeyratne is an Associate Professor at University of Queensland, and serves as the Director of the Master of Engineering Science programs was the presenter. He presented drawing from two decades of experience covering academic research ideation to commercialisation development of mobile and accessible technologies for the diagnosis of sleep and respiratory diseases. This was very interesting presentation as he demonstrated how the mobile phone revolution has provided the mankind with an unprecedented opportunity to solve tough medical problems affecting every corner of the globe – from remote African villages to the urban centres of the developed world. The event was attended by 20 Engineers and was an immense success eliciting a lively discussion among the participants. The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the event, 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for media coverage and BCC for their continued support.

 

Third continuing professional development event

Public Lecture : A journey through time to the future for Civil and Structural Engineering

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter conducted its third Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on 25th February 2018 at the Brisbane City Council (BCC) library meeting room, Mount Ommaney.

Presenter

Eng. Nimal Perera,.

Eng. Nimal Perera, who is the Principal Consultant of Kasina Consultants and an Adjunct Professor of Structural Engineering at the Queensland University of Technology, presented the topic to engineers from diverse backgrounds and shared his experience of several decades in the Civil and Structural Engineering fields. Nimal presented a project that he steered as an example of a holistic engineering design, which incorporated economic, environmental and social dimensions. He also talked about the historical evolution of structural designs and the current trends in Structural Engineering designs. The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session, in which Nimal further elaborated some aspects of his presentation. The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the event, 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for media coverage and BCC for their continued support.

 

Forth continuing professional development event

Public Lecture : Basic Financial Accounting for Engineers

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter conducted its forth Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on 27th May 2018 at the Brisbane City Council (BCC) library meeting room, Mount Ommaney.

Presenter

Dr. Gemunu Nanayakkara.

Dr. Nanayakkara, an engineering graduate of the University of Peradeniya, obtained his master's degrees (MCom (Hons), MBA) and the Ph.D. from Australian Universities. He possesses full professional qualifications in engineering (MIE (SL), CPEng, MIE (Australia) (Retired) ) and in accountancy (CPA, ACMA). Dr. Nanayakkara lectured in accounting & business-related fields in the University of Griffith for 17 years after possessing extensive industry experience in mechanical engineering, civil engineering & development banking. 

 

Fifth continuing professional development event

Public Lecture : “Cyber Threats and Mitigation Strategies”

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter conducted its fifth Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on 27th September 2018 at the Brisbane City Council (BCC) library meeting room, Mount Ommaney.

Presenter

Associate Professor Vallipuram Muthukkumarasamy.

Associate Professor Vallipuram Muthukkumarasamy (Muthu) has pioneered network security research and teaching at Griffith University and has been leading the Network Security Research Group at the Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems. Prior to that, he served at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Head of Department for over 15 years.

 

Sixth continuing professional development event

Field Trip to Oxley Creek Sewage Treatment Plant

The IESL Queensland Chapter went on a field trip to Oxley Creek Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) as part of their Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD) on 23 March 2019. This was the sixth CPD event organized by the Chapter and 20 engineers attended the event. The Oxley STP is the second largest sewage treatment plant in Queensland, treating domestic sewage and trade waste from the southern and western regions of Brisbane. This plant has been operating since 1969 and currently processes about 53 million litres of sewage a day. The site tour was led by Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) staff members (Ken Vaheesan, Bill Collie and Paul McPhee). Ken, Bill and Paul did an exceptional job in explaining the treatment process that converts domestic and industrial waste into clear effluent by removing organic and other solid material. The participants learned different aspects of the sewage treatment process at the STP. In addition, they received an appreciation of the impacts of sewerage pipe network blockages caused by people putting the wrong things down sinks, drains and toilets. For example, many cleaning wipes, including the ones that are labelled ‘flushable,’ do not disintegrate quickly and when flushed contributes to sewerage pipe blockages. Other common problem items that cause blockages include cotton buds, hygiene products, dental floss, cooking fats and hair. The participants achieved a good understanding of the four stages of treatment undertaken at the STP. The question and answer session between the IESL members and the QUU staff was quite engaging and lasted about half an hour. Overall, it was a very successful event and the objective of the CPD program was achieved. The IESL Queensland Chapter Management Committee would like to thank QUU for organising this field trip, 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for providing media coverage and our members for taking the opportunity to attend this event.

Jerome Arunakumaren.

Member of Management Committee IESL QLD Chapter

 

Seventh continuing professional development event

Climate change and water: an inconvenient link?

The 7th Continuing Professional Development event of The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter was held at QUT on 30 June 2019. The Presenter was Ashantha Goonetilleke, who is a Professor in Water & Environmental Engineering at QUT.

In his presentation (Climate change and water: an inconvenient link?), Ashantha spoke about the human dimensions of the impacts of climate change within the broader context of its impacts on the water environment. He specifically spoke about degradation of land and water resources, increased risk of flooding and draught, dislocation of people, spread of diseases and reduction in agricultural productivity. He provided statistical evidence and ‘real-world’ examples from Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Australia to demonstrate some of these impacts which we have already started to experience.

Ashantha also presented a case study to highlight how local action can contribute to mitigating the impacts of climate change by sharing his experience with the Brisbane Airport Corporation on how they were able to reduce potable water use at the Brisbane Airport by 82% by replacing the use of potable water for various airport uses as much as practicable with roof water, stormwater runoff, sea water and treated waste water.

Ashantha’s full presentation can be viewed using the Facebook link below:  Ashantha’s Presentation

The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank Ashantha for his excellent presentation, everyone who attended the event, 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for the media coverage and QUT for their support in providing the meeting room.

Dr Kesawan Sivakumar.

Member of Technical Sub-Committee, The IESL QLD Chapter

 

Eighth continuing professional development event

Presentation on “Achieving 100% Renewable Energy – Technical Challenges and Potential Solutions”

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter hosted its 8th Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on 24 June 2020 as a webinar. The presentation was made by Associate Professor Mithulan Nadarajah, and was titled “Achieving 100% Renewable Energy – Technical Challenges and Potential Solutions”. Dr Mithulan Nadarajah is the Post-Graduate Coordinator and Director of Research Training at the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

In his presentation, Mithulan imparted his knowledge and experience from years of research in the fields of electric power grids, power system integration, integration of renewable energy and electric vehicles. He highlighted the recent growth in renewable energy technologies in power systems and explained some of the technical challenges in achieving 100% renewable energy using two case studies from recent major power blackout incidents in renewable energy penetrated power systems in Australia and England. He then presented some of the emerging technologies and discussed the possible way forward to achieve a target of 100% renewable energy.

There was a lively Q&A between the presenter and the participants following the presentation. The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank Mithulan for his excellent presentation, everyone who attended the event, and the 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for media coverage.

The presentation can be viewed using the link: Mithulan's Presentation

Dr Sharmil Markar

Chair for Technical Sub Committee, IESL QLD Chapter

 

Ninth continuing professional development event

WASTE MANAGEMENT TO RESOURCE RECOVERY – HOW CAN ENGINEERS CONTRIBUTE?

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter successfully hosted its 9th Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on Sunday 11th October 2020. The presentation on the above topic was made live online by Dr Sunil Herat, who is an Associate Professor at the School of Engineering and Built Environment - Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Program Director of Master of Environmental Engineering and Master of Environmental Engineering & Pollution
Control at the Griffith University.

In addition to his academic duties, Dr Herat provides expert advisory support and training services in waste management to global forums and a number of overseas countries. He used his considerable knowledge and experience during the presentation to demonstrate how Population growth, rapid urbanisation, accelerating technological, unsustainable development, and unsustainable consumption have led to resource depletion and environmental degradation. He highlighted how new and complex waste streams like e-waste, food waste, construction/demolition waste, disaster waste, and marine litter (plastic waste) have emerged and why the current trends are not sustainable and will profoundly impact on current and future generations.

He used case studies to highlight that it is essential for us to decouple environmental degradation and resource use from economic growth and associated consumption and production patterns. More importantly, he demonstrated how engineers could play a role in waste management to resource recovery. The event, which was attended by more than 70 participants from around Australia and overseas, including Sri Lanka, ended with a lively Q & A session.

The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank Dr Herat for his excellent presentation, everyone who attended the event and 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for media coverage.

Dr Chanaka Abeysinghe

Chair for Technical Sub Committee, IESL QLD Chapter

 

Tenth continuing professional development event

Presentation on “Fire safety design of cold-formed steel buildings – How can research contribute?”

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter successfully hosted its 10th Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on Wednesday 5th May 2021.

The presentation on the above topic was made live online by Professor Mahen Mahendran, who is a Professor of Structural Engineering and the leader of the Wind and Fire Lab at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has extensive research and teaching experience in structural, wind and fire engineering.

Professor Mahen Mahendran works closely with the building industry on research projects, focusing on cold-formed steel buildings and wind and fire-resistant construction. He demonstrated how university research in collaboration with industry can contribute to the fire safe design of the emerging cold-formed steel construction. Also, he demonstrated how the research findings were used to develop some of the sections in the AS/NZS 4600 Cold-formed Steel Structures.

The event was well attended by more than 30 participants from around Australia and overseas, including Sri Lanka, ended with a lively Q & A session.

The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank Professor Mahen Mahendran for his excellent presentation, everyone who attended the event and 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for media coverage.
The recorded presentation can be viewed here: Fire safe design of cold-formed steel buildings

Dr Chanaka Abeysinghe

Chair for Technical Sub Committee, IESL QLD Chapter

 

Eleventh continuing professional development event

Presentation on “Insights into solar power generation and recent solar technology breakthroughs at University of Queensland.”

The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) Queensland Chapter successfully hosted its 11th Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activity on Wednesday 18th August 2021.

The presentation on the above topic was made live online by Professor Tapan Saha who is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at University Queensland and Leader of UQ Solar and Industry 4.0 UQ Energy Test Lab. The seminar gave insight into solar power generation by introducing challenges and opportunities of Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) integration to the grid and Solar Technology Breakthrough at UQ. Overview of the University of Queensland solar research and large-scale PV grid integration examples were highlighted in this presentation.

The event attended by more than 50 participants from around Australia and overseas, including Sri Lanka, ended with a lively Q & A session.

The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank Professor Tapan Saha for his excellent presentation, everyone who attended the event and 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for media coverage.

Dr Chanaka Abeysinghe

Chair for Technical Sub Committee, IESL QLD Chapter

 

Twelfth continuing professional development event

Insights into the Mining Industry of Queensland

Our 12th Continuous Professional Development Activity was also conducted as an online presentation and took place on Sunday, 07 November 2021. A report on the presentation is given below.

A panel interview was conducted with Mr. Ian Macfarlane - CEO Qld Resources Council. Mr. Macfarlane served as Australia’s longest-serving Federal Resources and Energy Minister with over 14 years of experience in both cabinet and shadow ministerial positions and retired from Parliament in 2016. This was a rare opportunity with an authoritative source at the highest levels of the resources industry in Queensland.

Mr. Macfarlane provided an insight into the current status and future prospects of the Queensland mining industry during this panel interview. The event was attended by a number of participants from around Australia and overseas, including Sri Lanka.

A recording of the Webcast can be viewed here

The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank Mr.Ian Macfarlane and Qld Resources Council. Also, everyone who attended the event and 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for media coverage.

Dr Chanaka Abeysinghe

Chair for Technical Sub Committee, IESL QLD Chapter

 

Thirteenth continuing professional development event

The use of Recycled Concrete in Road Pavement Construction

Emerging from the pandemic restrictions early this year we are still regaining speed and have been limited somewhat in the technical activities organised by the technical subcommittee. Our 13th Continuous Professional Development Activity was also conducted as an online presentation and took place on 27th March 2022. 

A presentation on “The use of Recycled Concrete in Road Pavement Construction" was delivered live online by Eng. Ruchitha Mendis who is a highly Experienced Construction engineer currently working at the Logan City Council in Queensland.

The seminar provided insight into the Logan City Council where Ruchitha has successfully developed a specification and a cost-effective strategy to use the demolished concrete material economically and effectively for its local road construction /rehabilitation works for the first time based on studies undertaken by the Road Construction & Maintenance Branch of the Council. He presented his case studies and applications that have been developed and applied.
A recording of the webinar can be accessed via the following link:

Recording of Webinar – Recycled Concrete in Roadworks

The event was attended by more than 40 participants from around Australia and overseas, including Sri Lanka and ended with a lively Q & A session. The Management Committee of the Chapter takes this opportunity to thank Eng. Ruchitha Mendis for his excellent presentation, everyone who attended the event and 4EB Sri Lankan Radio Group for media coverage.

Dr Chanaka Abeysinghe

Chair for Technical Sub Committee, IESL QLD Chapter

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